Seeking to escape poverty and drug and gang violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, tens of thousands of children have attempted to enter the United States illegally in recent months. The crisis is putting strains on the U.S. budget because of the cost of providing shelter and food for many children now held in detention centers, while federal authorities evaluate whether and how to deport them. More than 52,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America have been caught trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border since October, twice as many as a year earlier.
It took almost two years to finally get the green light, but Reuters photographer Rick Wilking was given near-total access to Newmont Mining’s massive series of open pit and underground gold mines in northeast Nevada – one of the largest open-pit gold mine complexes in the United States. It’s an industry few see in-person – and the results are in your jewelry and in almost any electronic device you own.
A lot has changed in the 150 years since miners dug shafts into mountains chasing veins of ore. Today’s gold mines are recovering gold that is sub-microscopic, totally invisible to the naked eye, comparable to smoke particles. The methods they use to mine it involve moving millions of tons of earth and highly complex chemical processes to get it out of that rock.
Residents return to Homs, the “capital of the revolution” that was once vibrant with pro-democracy crowds but is now associated with images of ruin that epitomize the brutality of Syria’s civil war. A complex deal ends years of siege between rebels and forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. The fall of Syria’s third largest city to government forces is a major blow to the opposition and a boost for Assad.
Sarajevo’s landmark 19th century city hall-turned-National Library will re-open on May 9 with its old glory fully restored, after it was reduced to rubble by Serb shelling in the summer of 1992. The re-opening of the city’s beloved “Vijecnica” (city hall) is one in a series of events that will mark the centenary of the start of World War One, triggered by the June 28, 1914 killing of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sofia in Sarajevo. A graceful pseudo-Moorish building and a source of civic pride, the hall was burned out in Serb fire in August 1992, nearly 100 years after it was built. The Bosnian Serb 43-month siege of Sarajevo from 1992-95 was Europe’s longest after World War Two.